The bizarre and highly unusual creature seen here is a "Shmortle" (Cheloniidae cupcakeandmamasita). Shmortles are so highly endangered that there is only one known specimen. Photographers were very fortunate to catch this rare glimpse of the Shmortle in its natural habitat -- the freshwater pools of the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania.
According to unconfirmed reports, Blizzard Entertainment is considering creating a character in the latest expansion of its wildly popular "World of Warcraft" video game that is based on the look and characteristics of the Shmortle. Rumor has it that the "Battle Turtle" will be snarky, fiesty, periodically giggly, and will not attack gnomes unless extremely provoked.